Video games are becoming more complex and graphically realistic. They are no longer confined to simple games for kids, and increasingly have mature content and themes intended for adults or older gamers. Recognising this trend, the Video Games Classification system was introduced in April 2008 to provide more choices for adults while protecting the young from unsuitable games. IMDA is assisted by the Films Consultative Panel in its evaluation of video games. IMDA regulations ensure that video games are appropriately classified, allowing consumers to make informed decisions and fostering a responsible gaming environment.
The Video Games Classification System has two ratings:
Mature 18 (M18)
- Restricted to individuals who are at least 18 years old
- Game packaging must be affixed with M18 classification label and consumer advice
- Distributors must ensure that the game is not distributed to those below 18
Advisory 16 (ADV16)
- Suitable for individuals who are at least 16 years old
- Game packaging must be affixed with the ADV16 classification label with the advisory text “Suitable for 16 & Above”
Consumer advice is provided to help the public make informed choices. These are descriptors that highlight the key content concerns found in a game, such as violence, nudity, and sexual scenes. Consumer advice and ratings should be affixed on the game packaging, and displayed on publicity materials where available.
View the Video Game Classification Guide to find out how to obtain a video game classification rating and how IMDA classifies video games.
To view the label specifications and download the rating markings, click on one of the following links:
- Download the rating label specifications in .doc format (131.78KB).
- Download the rating label specifications in .pdf format (414.28KB).
- Download the rating markings.
Media Classification Database
The Media Classification Database provides classification information in line with content standards on films, video games, and arts entertainment events to help members of the public make informed choices on media consumption. Click here to search for classification ratings.